The Dolphins wrapped up their first week of OTAs and it was the first chance to get a look at newly-acquired quarterback Josh Rosen getting acclimated to South Florida and his new team. And on Friday night, legendary Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino made it known that he sees potential in the former UCLA Star.
Marino spoke to the media prior to former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Jason Taylor’s foundational charity event at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in South Florida:
Jason Taylor: "If you told me we need to stink to draft somebody that may or may not work out – because it’s an inexact science – we need you to win three games and lose 13 of them, so we can pick, I’ll tell you where to go and it’s not to my event.” https://t.co/v5v2xZA8sl
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) May 18, 2019
As Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald relayed, when asked about Rosen specifically, Marino offered up a couple of guarded comments:
“The thing I would say about Josh is he has real arm talent. Something a lot of guys in last year’s draft had. The other guys had very good arm talent too.”
Marino has been part of the evaluation process the last two offseasons, where Miami under Mike Tannenbaum and Adam Gase chose not to draft a quarterback a year ago. They instead, stuck with oft-injured starter Ryan Tannehill. Fast forward to this offseason, where with Tannenbaum and Gase gone, Marino was part of the vetting of quarterbacks like Daniel Jones, Dwayne Haskins, and Drew Lock.
Miami ended up taking Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, with the 13th pick, instead. Then, they subsequently traded with the Arizona Cardinals to acquire Rosen on night two of the draft.
“I thought [Dolphins general manager] Chris Grier and the Dolphins did a great job getting a guy that really didn’t fit in the system anymore in Arizona, with them drafting Kyler Murray, and it made sense. I’m one of the guys that believes you probably need to draft a quarterback every year in the draft and replenish that.
“You get a one year look-see [at Rosen] and see what’s under the hood. If you don’t like it, you can change it. If you do like it, you put some custom wheels on it and keep riding it out.”
Jackson further relayed that Taylor’s foundation has raised more than $7 million through the years. And Friday night, it honored Marino along with with Anthony Borges, a teenage student from Stoneman Douglas High School. Borges is credited with saving the lives of numerous classmates, while being shot 5 times himself in the mass shooting in February 2018 that claimed 17 lives.
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